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Help!!! Sprocker constantly pulls

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Keri Edwards, Feb 17, 2021.


  1. Keri Edwards

    Keri Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, hopping someone can help. I have a 7 month old sprocker who is currently in training. He is amazing within the home but outside he’s a different dog. He will walk lovely for a few minutes but then he will pull frantically to get home. I’ve tried various harnesses and collars to help but nothing helps . I’m so worried that he’s going to hurt himself! Hopefully you guys have some advice! Willing to give anything a go at this stage!
     
  2. O2.0

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    Definitely stick with a well-fitting harness that doesn't rub and a comfortable leash. Some folks swear by waist attaching leashes for your comfort, they also make bungee type leashes so the lunging and pulling isn't so jarring.

    For the pulling itself, I find it really helps if the dog understands what to do when the leash goes taught. A lot of pulling is due to oppositional reflex, essentially when the dog feels the tug of the leash, it causes him to pull against it. It's a reflex, it's not really done purposefully, so you have to teach them to give in to the leash pressure and move towards it, not against it.
    This video explains it well:
     
  3. JoanneF

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    Pulling to get home - is this a new thing or has he never wanted to walk?
     
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    Keri Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    He’s never been a brilliant Walker out he’s always pulled to get home
     
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    Is that because he is a bit anxious about stuff outside and just wants to be home? Has he always done it, or is it a new thing?
     
  6. Keri Edwards

    Keri Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    He’s always pulled. My trainer says it’s because he’s got such a good association with home. I can take him on the field on his 50ft lead and he will run for an hour happy as anything but as soon as he knows he’s on the at back the pulling starts and it’s like he’s desperate to get back! By the time we walk back he’s out of breath and collapses by the front he’s that exhausted
     
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    So it isn't to do with reluctance to be out then -thats helpful to know.

    Did you try anything in the video O2.0 posted?
     
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    Keri Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    He’s seems really happy when he’s out running on his long lead but the 5 minute walk home
    Is constantly pulling. I’ve tried tips in the video but they didn’t really make any difference
     
  9. JoanneF

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    Maybe you just need to keep at it a bit more?
     
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